Government Signs Off On Sunland’s Gold Coast Marina


The state government has overturned regulation blocking extensions to Sunland’s $82 million masterplan community at Benowa’s Royal Pines Marina on the Gold Coast.

The Royal Pines Marina, which was once a bustling Gold Coast landmark of the 1980s and 1990s, has undergone a multi-million-dollar transformation over the past decade to become vibrant waterfront residential, retail and leisure destination.

Developer Sunland completed its apartment development, Marina Concourse, in November, comprising a collection of north-facing, waterfront apartments overlooking the Royal Pines Marina, PGA Championship golf course, and the Nerang River.

The state government now has overturned regulation, enacted in the late ’80s, which was hampering amenity extensions to the 110-apartment development.

Signing off on changes to resort’s development scheme, the Palaszczuk government has enabled the way for construction of the proposed additions.

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Image: Sunland Group
Image: Sunland Group

Minister for state development Cameron Dick said the changes to the approved scheme, under the Integrated Resort Development Act 1987, would now allow a proposal for new uses within the Marina precinct.

“These proposed uses reflect the changing needs of the resort and its residents and will allow commercial uses for the area that are not significantly different to existing uses.”

“When the Act was written in the 1980s, the existing planning, titling and body corporate management legislation could not facilitate a large-scale mixed-use resort development like Royal Pines Resort.”

A child care centre, food and drink outlets, commercial services or a recreational facility will now be put forward for development.

The resort’s body corporate management put forward the proposal after consultations with residents of which 100 per cent were in agreement.

The proposal will still need to be in accordance with development control by-laws for the Resort which are overseen by the resort’s body corporate.

“By approving of these amendments, we have changed the future of Royal Pines Resort for the better,” Dick said.

Sunland group managing director Sahba Abedian told The Urban Developer he welcomed the State Government’s amendment to the Royal Pines Resort development scheme.

“The amendment will enable us to deliver the final touches to our vibrant mixed-use precinct adjoining the Royal Pines Marina to provide broader amenity and benefits to the local community.”

“At the marina level, these are complemented by the new Marina Village retail precinct, home to the newly opened State of Sahaja yoga studio, Superfish Swim School, Alliance Abroad, Century 21 Central GC, and Sunland’s Gold Coast offices.

“In mid-2019 these tenants will be joined by Double Barrel Kitchen and Bar.”

“Under the amended scheme, Sunland is now also able to deliver a community childcare facility and early talks are already underway with a potential operator.”

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Image: Sunland Group
Image: Sunland Group

Late last year, Sunland Group lodged a development application with the Gold Coast City Council for a 16-level boutique apartment project in Labrador.

The site has existing approval to deliver a 35-story tower with 217 apartments, although Sunland’s revised proposal would deliver half that with its plans for a 16-story residential tower designed to capture the attention of the owner occupier market.

Construction is also under way at the group’s $250 million high-rise development on Hedges Avenue in Mermaid Beach.

The 97-apartment development will be the first high-rise on the
Gold Coast in over a decade.

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